Big East race update, Week 9

There's precious little clarity in the Big East race at this point except for the top and the bottom. So let's separate the teams into categories:

Control their own destiny

Pittsburgh: The Panthers are the only undefeated team left at 2-0.

Cincinnati: Despite their loss to South Florida, the 1-1 Bearcats can still win the league by winning out. Pitt comes to Nippert Stadium in the season finale.

In the hunt

Syracuse: The Orange already have two very valuable road wins, though the home loss to Pitt could prove costly.

West Virginia: Saturday's home loss to Syracuse was a major setback. But even optimistic Orange fans would have a hard time saying their team won't lose another game. If the Mountaineers (1-1) take care of business from here on out, they'll be fine.

Louisville: The Cardinals (1-1) are another team already saddled with a home loss (to Cincinnati). Louisville still has a challenging schedule left, including this week's trip to Pitt.

Rutgers: At least the Scarlet Knight's loss to Pitt was on the road. At 1-1, they're still alive, but their offense gives them such small margin for error that it's difficult to imagine a long winning streak.

Barely hanging on

South Florida: The Bulls avoided an 0-3 start by upsetting Cincinnati on the road. Still, they'll probably have to win their final four league games in a row and hope for help to have a shot.

All but finished

Connecticut: The good news for the Huskies is they have only two road games left. The bad news is that they're already 0-2 and the team looks like it's in disarray.